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THE DOCTRINES OF MAYNOOTH.
151 THE DOCTRINES OF MAYNOOTH.
And yet, again: “ If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”_Rev. xxii. 19. Now Rome has added to the Word, and incurred the curse. She has added to it
1. By introducing the apocryphal books into the Tue Church of Rome dishonours the Bible. She de
Canon.—These books are not the Word of God. aics its sufficiency as a rule of faith and practice; All external evidence is against them. The testimony she adds to it human traditions; she takes from it of the Church of God, both Jewish and Christian, divine commandments; she denies its sole authority; has been from the first against them; and they were she forbids its general perusal; she changes its
not recognised, even by the Church of Rome, till the divinely appointed and promised interpreter.
year 1545. (1.) Josephus, who gives a list of the 1. She denies the sufficiency of the Bible, as a rule of Old Testament Scriptures, as received by the Jews faith and practice.St Paul asserts its sufficiency in his time, does not mention one of the apocryphal very plainly, when he says : “ All Scripture is given books. (2.) There are, in the New Testament, about by inspiration of God, &c., that the man of God may six hundred quotations from the books of the Old; be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
but not one of these is from the Apocrypha. (3.) if Scripture be sufficient to lend a man to perfection, The most distinguished of the fathers, in the catawhat more would he have? But Rome, as usual, logues which they give of the books of Scripture, contredicting St Paul, declares that it is not sufficient; omit the books of the A pocrypha, many of them exand, in maintaining that position, scruples not to pressly condemning them. (4.) The Council of Laodioccupy the very ground which Infidels are accus
cea, which, in the fourth century, fixed the Canon, did tomed to take up in attacking the credibility of
not recognise them. (5.) The Council of Carthage, revelation, Thus, she tells us that the Scriptures which mentions them in the fifth century, only perare " not pluin enough to be a suficient rule."
mits them to be read in the churches, “ for example David thought otherwise when he said : “ Thy Word of life and manners,” without appointing them to is a light unto my feet, and a lamp. unto my path."
" establish any doctrine.” Such is the testimony of The assertion involves a libel upon God's wisdom, Jerome, who is a distinguished saint in the Romish and comes in the end to this, that men, without the calendar. After this time various portions of the assistance of God's Spirit, may give more plain and Church recognised them as possessed of more or less complete directions as to the way of life and holiness, authority; but they were never sanctioned by a than men with it—which is blasphemy. The Bible general council till the year 1545, by the Council is plain enough to show men the way to heaven; for
of Trent, when a decree asserting their divine autho tie " light of the glorious Gospel shines” in its rity was passed-only fifty bishops being present every page-it is “ olie to make rise unto salvation."
-a considerable minority of whom opposed it. It is plain enough to leave man without excuse, if, How miserably this comes short of the evidence | after perusing its messages of warning and of love, by which the canonicity of the books of Scripture he refuse to listen to them. It is plain enough, if a
is supported, we might go on to show, but it is unman will but follow its directions, to keep him back
necessary, and would be out of place. There is no from every sin, and to preserve him in the exercise evidence whatever for the canonicity of the Apoof every virtue; for we are told that it is “ profitable crypha. Indeed, Dupin, a Romish historian, says, for correction, for reproof, for instruction in righ-in his History of the Canon, that “their authority tvasness.” And the differences which exist as to its (that of the books of the Apocrypha) is not founded doctrines, proceed not from a want of plainness in
on the testimony of any creditable author.” And || the Word, but in the want of perception or of docility
so indefensible do learned Papists feel the decree of ¡ on the part of those who study it. True it has its the Council of Trent on this subject to be, that we mysteries. But does Rome pretend to make these
are told, that in Germany, where much attention has patent to the understanding? It cannot be. They been paid to everything connected with the books of are mysteries which all that man can think or say Scripture, some of them have invented an absurd will not clear up; they are simple only to the God that distinction of proto-canonical and deutero-canonical; has revealed them. But the truth is, the Bible is too
claiming for the apocryphal books only the second plain for the Church of Rome. It too plainly pre- of these characters—which amounts, in substance, dicts her rise; it too plainly characterizes her apostasy;
to a confession that they are not canonical at all.” it too plainly repudiates her doctrines and her policy;
The internal ecidence is against them. (1.) They and, therefore it is, she would fain have men believe contradict each other; (2.) They contradict the it all mystery together, that she may be allowed to
canonical Scriptures; (3.) Many parts of them are add to and explain it, and thus cover her own iniquity. at variance with the authentic records of profane How fearful is the guilt of conduct such as this !
historians. All these things have been repeatedly I!. She adds to it human traditions.-A heavy
proved.+ charge, and involving a heavy curse, but nevertheless
It is of books thus demonstrably uninspired and true. The Lord says:
“ Ye shall not add unto the uncanonical that the decree of the Council of Trent word which I command you; neither shall ye diminish aught from it."-Deut. iv. 2. Again : “What thing • Dr Cunningham's Edition of Stilling fleet's Answer to
Gother, p. 121. soever I command you, observe to do it; thou shalt
+ See Horne's Introduction, vol. i. ; Dupin's History of not add to it, nor diminish from it.”—Deut. xii. 32.
the Canon ; Glasgow Lectures on Popery.
says: “ Whoever shall not receive, as sacred and devoted to the gift and less to the Giver. Procanonical, all these books, and every part of them, ceed from Britain to France, from France to the as they are commonly read in the Catholic Church, north of Italy, from the north of Italy to the southand are contained in the old Vulgate Latin edition, for example, to Naples—and finally, from Naples to let him be accursed.” Can it be denied, then, that Sicily—at each remove you find the productions of Rome adds to the Word of God? But this is not all; the earth more abundant or spontaneous, while she adds to it yet further
“ brighter suns dispense serener light;" and yet sit 2. By declaring what are termed the apostolical tra each remove the moral being degenerates-God is ditions to be part of the Word of God. This is what she less regarded, superstition becomes more and more calls the unurillen Word. The written Word comprises dominant, and men more and more spiritually enthe Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. slaved. If you carry out the remark to climes set The unwritten Word, again, consists of oral tradi more remote, you will find that in countries where tions alleged to have been received from Christ and the year is one long autumn, or where three of our his apostles. The idea of proving these traditions to seasons are perpetual, man deteriorates in proportion be apostolical, and, therefore, to belong to the Word to the exuberance that surrounds him. This we of God, is altogether out of the question; and until think an indirect, but not obscure, demonstration of they can be proved apostolical, they cannot, of the necessity of something more than nature or precourse, be received as such. What is acritten remains, vidence affords, ere man can be refitted and enabled to and remains the same; or if, in any case corrupted, fulfil the high purposes of his destiny on earth—the the corruption may be detected by a comparison of glorifying of his God and preparing to enjoy him. Let manuscripts. But what is unwritten, merely oral, is a ceaseless autuinn pour the atHuence of Jehovah's i incapable of such a proof. How can the Church of bounty into the lap of man-let the sun above com- 1 Rome prove that her traditions came from the apos- bine with the earth beneath to render him happy er tles ? She may refer us to the writings of the fathers; an animal; all this will only help forward his dege. but how can she prove that the fathers received neracy as a spiritual being, unless the power of God's them from that source? And besides, the fathers Spirit combine with the beneficence of his providence contradict each other. How are we to come at the to train and elevate his mind. The truth can make truth between thern? How, but by referring to bim free, but nothing else can do so; and many the Law and to the Testimony ? And thus are thoughts like these were forced upon us as we de we just brought back to the written Word, which scended into the Valley of Aoste. it would be much better for us never to leave. The Far up on the mountain-at a height, perhaps, of case is shortly this : Those traditions which agree five thousand feet-we saw patches of cultivation; with the written Word, are unnecessary; and those but as the temperature and productiveness of the which contradict it, are blasphemous. And it is Valley increased, man appeared to us more enfeebled chiefly in the latter kind that Rome deals. For what and degraded. It was at Aoste that we first saw irare the traditions which she elevates to a level with dividuals, in great numbers, afflicted with the double the words of inspiration? We are not aware of the disease of goitre and cretinism-either of them painexistence of any book containing a summary of what ful — together, loathsome. The former begins to the Church believes under the head of tradition; but appear at all ages-from twelve, ten, or even eight we suppose her traditions must sanction and embody years-andis found almost exclusively among the poor. her own system of doctrine. And if it be so, then In a goitre patient, the thyroid gland enlarges so as we know that her traditions are false; for her doc- to form an enormous mass of tlabby tumour;
the trines make void both Law and Gospel, and never chin protrudes; and from the angle which the councould have come from the same source from which tenance is thus made to assume, the forehead appears the Bible came.“ To the Law and to the Testimony; flattened, sometimes like that of a Carib; the counte if they speak not according to that Word, it is be nance becomes sallow and cadaverous, and the whole cause there is no light in them."
frame is generally listless and torpid. Whatever be We will pursue this subject in our next."
the origin of the disease—whether it be produced by
the use of snow-water, as some suppose, or by the EXTRACTS FROM A TRAVELLER'S NOTE-BOOK.
exhalations and heated air of the valleys affecting the throat and neck, as others allege—it is so 17
pleasant to the eye, that one's first instinctive feel. BY THE REY, W. K. TWEEDIE, EDINBURGII. ing is to turn from it in disgust.
But when to the state of goitre is added that of
cretin, the victim of the twin malady becomes an As we advance nearer to the south of Europe, and object of deep commiseration. The latter affects the find at once a more genial climate and a more produc- mind, as the former the body. The eye is dull and tive soil, it is instructive to notice how fast men de- lustreless. Deafness supervenes. The hands are generate—how sin grows more vigorous or bold, and often deformed; the limbs and feet are distorted; the right principle less influential or restraining. Were tongue refuses to perform its functions, or utters the views of Infidelity true, then the more beneficent only eldrich screams, or as wild unmeaning laughter; the Creator, the more grateful and devout should be so that when all these meet in one poor mortal
, dis the creature; but the truth is the very reverse of figuring his body, and all but destroying his mind, this. Just in proportion as God over all lavishes his he becomes like a living hospital of disease. providetnial bounty upon us, we often become more Yet, it is beautiful to notice—it half reconciles one
THE PASSES OF THE ALPS.
EXTRACTS FROM A TRAVELLER'S NOTE-BOOK.
| to the spectacle—to observe how affection clings to dral, the priests exhibit a thorn of the Redeemer's
these hapless beings with obvious tenderness. As a crown, a jawbone of John the Baptist, and other compensation for the wretchedness which parents lying wonders, so revered or worshipped that it is bequeath to their diseased offspring, we often notice scarcely too much to say: “ These be thy gods, 0 that they hang with most intense regard over the Israel," or to add : “ They that make them are like
feeble or the decrepit of their family; and by this fine unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.' | exhibition of the vis medicatris naturae, the misery (Ps. cxv.) Indulgences seem the chief religious com
which cannot be removed is soothed. But for this modity, and these are offered to the faithful in strongly developed instinct, the Valley of Aoste abundance. “The vision of all is become as a book would be yet more wretched than it is. While the that is sealed.” When shall the day arrive “ when cretins lie basking by the waysides, or at the corner the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the of streets, in all the imbecility of helpless idiocy, eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and darkaffection tends them just as mothers tend their in ness?" (Isa. xxix.) fants; and cretins in Italy and Switzerland are like the In the market-place of Aoste, there stands a column innocents of Scotland—somewhat of a sacred caste. bearing the following inscription :And what is the scale which they hold in God's mysterious scheme of providence ? incapable of rational
Calvini fuga erexit, acts, are they to be created anew in a sense different
Anno MDXLI. from that commonly meant by the words? Are they
Religionis constantia to be dealt with as responsible beings? Or-But
Reparavit. there is no end of such questions. In the streets of
Anno MDCCXLI." Aoste, as we looked upon some of these beings, the words were forced upon us : “ Be still, and know There is some difficulty in pronouncing with certhat I am God:” “ Will not the Judge of all the earth tainty regarding this column; for both history and do right?" Their future portion is among the things tradition vary in the accounts which they give. The
not revealed, which belong to the Lord our God; common opinion is, that Calvin, after visiting the land where he has been silent, it is vain for us to Duchess of Ferara, at whose court he is known to | speculate. It has been said that Bonaparte ordered hare resided, returned by Aoste, and preached the
all the cretins to be destroyed at their birth. If doctrines of the Reformation there, as he had done there be truth in the assertion, that cretinism is un elsewhere in Italy. But persecution drove him thence. known in the uplands, that might suggest some ex The pillar commemorated the event; and renewed, planation of the origin of this affecting malady. as it was, after the lapse of two hundred years, it pro
It was at Aoste (Augusta Praetoria) that we first claims that another Calvin is needed to preach again saw in masses the remains of Roman architecture. the Gospel of the Son of God. The most rigid cenThere are here an amphitheatre, and a triumphal | sorship in all that is connected with literature and arch reared in honour of Augustus, who was the first religion here prevails, and the effects are visible in to subdue the Sallaces—the ancient inhabitants of the the general prostration of mind. Valley. Even at the distance of nineteen centuries, The Valley of the Doire, which flows by Aoste to the arch testifies to the taste, while it tells of the the Po, though rich, is not healthy; but the antidote triumphs, of ancient Rome. It renders man yet more as well as the bane is there; and between Aoste and a marvel, when one sees such opposite properties Courmayeur (Curia Major) we passed some medicinal blended in the same individuals. The arch before springs, formerly much frequented. The Little St us was based on the freedom, or cemented by the Bernard was on our left, and at night we took up blood, of forty-four thousand immortal beings; while our abode at the base of Mont Blanc, with some of its yet the symmetry and elegance that mingle with such glaciers full in view. grinding oppression, tell how wonderful is man, even At day-dawn, on the 30th of August, we left Couramid his ruins! Even though the ancient city was mayeur to make the passage of the Col de la Seigne, taken, sacked, and rebuilt, the lusts of the Romans the Col de Four, and of Bon Homme—so many spurs were not satisfied. An amphitheatre must be reared from the monarch of mountains. We were now for the exhibition of their barbarous sports—to tell to mounted upon mules; and as we, our two Martigny all posterity at once the massive elegance of Roman guides, with the two muleteers, all emerged from the architecture, and the unquenchable thirst of Roman courtyard and proceeded along the mountain pass, conquerors for blood.
not abreast, for that was impossible, but in a line, But the abominations of one dynasty-the Cæsars- the cavalcade was rather bizarre ; but ere the day was have given place to those of another—the Popes; and done we had reason to think much of our new acPopery is reigning here over men's souls, as Roman quaintances, the muleteers and mules. tyranny once ruled their bodies. One cannot esti It seemed strange to meet with hot springs in this mate the importance of the Reformation aright, or ice-bound region; yet, shortly after starting, we passed thoroughly understand the need of divine power to one where the supply is copious. Our object now was, aclijeve that signal revolution, till he has seen Popery not to ascend Mont Blanc, but to climb to the points domineering, without restraint, over men's minds where the most commanding views upon the mounand souls, in unreformed countries. At Aoste, for tain, from summit to base, are enjoyed. At Entreves, instance, and indeed everywhere in the Valley, the we came in sight of the Glacier of Brenva, reputed seventy thousand souls who inhabit the Dutchy ap one of the finest on the Alps. A mass so magnificent pear to be sunk in deepest ignorance. In the cathe- and singular is best described by comparing it to an
ocean congealed in a moment, amid its wildest realize the majesty and the nearness of the Omnipre heavings. The resemblance to waves is perfect. The sent. Amid the dark depths of the Black Forest crevices are often fathoms deep; so that travelling we had felt thus solemnized; and now, to be alone at over the glacier, were that possible, would literally ' such a height, completely insulated from every human correspond to the Psalmist's description : “They being, and no eye seeing, no ear hearing, but that of mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the the Omniscient, tends to detach the mind from the depths: their soul is melted within them.” The things that are seen and temporal. Eternity feels Ruize* of Brenva suggests the thought, that all the nearer; and the soul, in its loneliness, now undersnows on Mont Blanc had been suddenly dissolved stands why Moses was taken to a mountain to be -had flowed in this direction, and been suddenly alone with God-why Jesus retired to a mountain congealed again in their flow. The debris from the apart to pray_why he loved the desert and the solimountain is piled in masses on the glacier, favouring : tary place, where God was near, and all besides rethe study of the geologist, and illustrating the theo- mote. No doubt, this may not be devotion-the reliries of Agassiz and others; but the moraines destroy 'gion of the Spirit. It may be only imagination, or the picturesque effect of the sea of ice. At the sentiment, turned in a particular direction. But the Glaciers of Viage, Freznai, and Broglia, the moraine Christian can test his emotions by a standard that is lies in such piles as to resemble a shattered mountain. | infallible. Do they tend to humble him 3-to bring
It was near this glacier that we first distinctly out more thoroughly his own insignificance, conheard the war of the avalanche. They were fre- i trasted with the glory of his God--the God and quent throughout the day-literally like thunder in | Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? Is sin felt to be loudness, but more brief in duration.
| more sinful, because it impedes our access to God? and The dreary Lake of Combal, is like the pelican's holiness to be more lovely, because it is the medium home, so lonely and desolate is the spot. Yet here, i in which God is enjoyed ? In short, amid such also, we found traces of French hardihood and ambi
scenes, as everywhere, does the Christian feel that tion. The ruins of a redoubt, reared to defend the Christ is increasing--that self is decreasing? Then pass, are still standing--another monument of mad his feelings tend to hearen; and one hour of such ambition. By a dyke and sluice at the outlet of the communing with God is better than a thousand with lake, the waters are dammed up; and were it needful, his creatures. as it has been, to defend the pass against an enemy, he could be swept away by the flood rushing down
MY PILGRIMAGE. the steep declivity. We felt it strange that even
Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, here men should have found it necessary thus to plot
My staff of faith to walk upon, and counterplot each other.
My scrip of joy, (immortal diet!) From the lake a steep climb of half an hour through
My bottle of salvation, the Allée Blanche brought us to the Col de la Seigne,
My gown of glory, hope's true gage; at the height of seven thousand five hundred and
And thus I take my pilgrimage. seventy-eight feet above the level of the sea, or just about half the elevation of the mountain. "The dark
Blood must be my body's balmer, and savage wildness which predominates all around,
While my soul, like peaceful palmer, the depths into which even the eye can scarcely penc
Travelleth tow'rds the land of heaven trate, and the clouds rolling far below us, made up a
Other balm will not be giren. scene to which, even among the Alps, we had not been
Over the silver mountains, accustomed. Nothing was heard save the wail or
Where spring the nectar-fountains, scream of the lonely marmot, and the roar of distant
There will I kiss waterfalls; but Mont Blanc was hid in clouds, and
The bowl of bliss, its stupendousness was wanted to realize our expecta
And drink mine everlasting fill tions. Amid a scene like this, one can more than
Upon every milken hill; ever understand the meaning of the words : “ The
My soul will be a-dry before, mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but
But after that will thirst no more. my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall
SIR WALTER RALEIGH. the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee."
THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDERS ON THE We allowed the guides, with the mules, to descend
DIVINITY OF CHRIST. into the Valley of Mottet, while we lingered for a One of the means used by John Williams for the little behind in this region of inexpressible grandeur. information and improvement of the converted South It is the spirit of man that communes with God, and Sea Islanders, was the institution of a weckly meetthat spirit may often be independent of external aids. ing, at which they might converse on religious subThe Son is the way to the Father, and through him jects among themselves. Williams himself presided, there is access, in the dungeon or at the stake, as and stated the subject of conversation-doctrinal, or easily as on the summit of an Alp; yet when the as it might be, practical or devotional and thereafter soul of a believer has learned the way to the throne, the islanders freely gave their thoughts upon it—if there are external objects which solemnize his mind they felt difficulties, stating them, that they might be and render devotion more easy. The Spirit of God solved-if they saw clearly, showing how and always may bless such things to enable us more sensibly to deeming it essential to support what they said by a :* The local name for glacier,
portion of Scripture; and Williams hinaseif occa
sionally proposing a question, starting an objection, Our missionary cures by giving medicine; Jesus did or throwing out a remark, as circumstances might so by his voice only.' 'Stay; did not Jesus mix clay | dictate. The meetings excited great interest, and
with spittle and anoint the eyes of the blind?' 'But
is that medicine ? were followed with the very best results. In one of and anoint the eyes of Taeva (a blind man), and see
You take clay, or sand, or coral, his letters, Williams gives us the following specimen what a miracle you will make of it." "Is it a Godlike of them, being an account of a meeting at which the action to pray is there not something un-godlike subject of conversation was—the divinity of Christ:- in praying? For you, the prayerless, did he pray.'
“Another said, he believed he was God, because “I firmly believe,' said the first speaker, “that he said, I and my Father are one; and, I am the Jesus Christ is God as well as man.' **Are you not Alpha and Omega; and because the Father addressed mistaken?' was the reply; - was not Jesus man, and him, saying, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; man only?' I believe,' rejoined the first, that a sceptre of righteousness,' &c. Jesus was really man, for he had both the body and " Another believed it, because he fully satisfied the soul of man; but he was God as well as man, for he justice of God; and, when cast off by his Father on took on himself the form of man. If he had been the cross, yet bore the weight of man's guilt by himonly man, he could not have died for sinners.' • Is self. • He is also,' added this native, to judge the If God, why die First speaker: - His dying only two or three are' met in my name, there am I in the not that a proof,' asked another, that he is not God: world, and must therefore be God.'
" Another said, “ He himself has promised, Where proves him to be man; his rising again proves him to be God.' 'And if," added another, he was only midst of them; and, I will be with you always, even man, why so much ado about his death? Many have
unto the end of the world. Now how can he fulfil died cruel deaths; Paul was beheaded, and Peter these promises ? While we are gathered here to was crucified, but there is not so much said about worship and pray, others are gathered in distant their deaths.” “Ah! but," rejoined another, 'lately lands--some in Britain; and how can he be with them Tuihe died among us, and there was a great ado about
all if he is not God?"" his death—what he said, and how happily he died.' * But stop,' cried one, did the sun hide himself in
MYCONIUS' DREAM. darkness at Tuihe's death ?-did the rocks rend at In the life of Myconins, the friend of Luther, as Tuine's death?-did any exclaim at Tuihe's death, given by Melchior Adam, we have the following Truly this was the Son of God?' But did not Jesus beautiful and striking account of an event which eat food when on earth, and will God eat food?' 'I proved the turning-point in his history, and led him say,' was the answer, he was man as well as God to devote his energies to the cause of Christ:- The therefore did he eat food.' 'Give us some other proof first night that he entered the monastery, intending that he was God,' said another. “The various mira to becone a monk, he dreamed; and it seemed as if cles that he wrought,' was the reply. • But did not he was ranging a vast wilderness alone. Suddenly a Peter and all the apostles work miracles?' 'Yes; but guide appeared, and led him onwards to a niost they did their miracles with borrowed power; and, lovely vale, watered by a pleasant strean—but of when they returned, did they not tell Jesus that they that he was not permitted to taste; then to a marble did all in his name, and not in their own; and even fountain of pure water. He tried to kneel and drink that they had cast out devils in his name?' Another --when, lo! a crucified Saviour stood forth to view, said, “Is not the star that led the wise men from the from whose wounds gushed the copious stream.
In a Fast a proof of the divinity of Jesus ?' 'But, if moment his guide flung him into the fountain. His really God, would he have been laid in a manger ? mouth met the flowing wounds, and he drank most “Yes,' said another; “for did he not humble himself, sweetly, never to thirst again! No sooner was he and lay aside his glory as God? If he had come in refreshed himself, than he was led away by his guide, his glory, would not man have exceedingly feared ? to be taught what great things he was yet to do for We know what Moses said. Another added : . When the crucified One whose precious wounds had poured Jesus was baptized by John, did not God say from the living water into his soul. He came to a wideheaven, This is my beloved Son? Did not the Spirit stretching plain, covered with waving grain. His descend upon him—did not the heavens open ? and guide orders him to reap. He excuses himself by what is all this, but proof that he was really God?' saying, that he was wholly unskilled in such labour. * But have not others been spoken to from heaven?' “What you know not, you shall learn,” was the reWho-who?), “Paul was addressed from heaven-ply. They came nearer, and saw a solitary reaper Peter was addressed from heaven.' * True, but toiling at the sickle with such prodigious effort, as if did God say to Paul, Thou art my beloved Son?' he were determined to reap the whole field himself. Another, Could any man feed five thousand with The guide orders him to join this labourer, and seiza few loaves and fishes?! Another, ‘Angels at- ing a sickle, showed him how to proceed. Again the tended at the birth of Christ : a great company.' | guide led him to a hill. He surveys the vast plain * Angels attended also about John.' • An angel beneath him, and, wondering, asks how long it will brought the message to Zacharias; but angels did take to reap such a field with so few labourers ? not attend at his birth, and sing, Giory to God," Before winter, the last sickle must be thrust in," &c. Another, “If he had been only man, he would replied his guide. “ Proceed with all your might. have been in the care to the present day. Don't The Lord of the harvest will send more reapers you know that his disciples stole him away?' • Was soon.” Wearied with his labour, Myconius rested he stolen ?-that's a lame tale. If the soldiers were for a little. Again, the crucified One was at his side, asleep, how could they know he was stolen?" "Well, wasted and marred in form. The guide laid his hand how can you prove that he is gone to heaven?' • Was on Myconius, saying: “ You must be conformed to he not seen on earth after he rose ? did he not ask him." With these words the dreamer awoke; but meat of his disciples, and converse with them?? he awoke to a life of zeal and love. He found the "Stop, friend,' one replied; is it general with dying Saviour for his own soul, and he went forth to preach men to rise again, and go about and ask meat, and him to others. He took his place by the side of that converse with their friends?' “You talked about noble reaper, Martin Luther. He was stimulated by miracles; does not our missionary cure the lane, the his example, and toiled with him in the vast field, halt, and the blind?' Answer, How many people | till labourers rose on every side, and the harvest was did Jesus bleed? to whom did he give medicine ? reaped before the winter came.